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Ohana Music Festival to Bring World-Renowned Acts and Positive Vibes to Southern California – During the summer months, Doheny State Beach is one of the most visited shorelines in Southern California. Located just off of Dana Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, approximately one mile north of I-5, it is a celebrated surfing spot and revered as Orange County’s best camping site.

With over a mile of sandy beach, this year, Doheny will be offering something new for everyone who enjoys sunny summer days and crashing waves (as well as for those who are unable to snag a hard-to-get overnight camping spot). It’s called the Ohana Music Festival, and on Saturday, August 27, it will be making it’s grand debut — wrapping up the following evening.

The two-day festival, produced by Live Nation and SGE, will showcase world-renowned acts such as Elvis Costello, Eddie Vedder, Lana Del Rey, City and Colour, and Cat Power, plus a handful of other talented performances.

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Single day tickets ($99.50 + fees), weekend passes ($195 + fees), and a limited number of VIP passes ($499 + fees) are available for purchase.

There will be food options, craft beer, wine and signature cocktails available from festival partners, including Pacifico, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, and delicious local restaurants and food trucks.

If you happen to have extra cash to dish out, a VIP pass will include “festival entry, VIP Lounge admission with expedited festival entry, a VIP laminate, an Ohana partnership swag bag, access to the Ohana VIP Lounge, inclusive of a hosted cocktail bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres (while supplies last), a live stream of the music stage, comfortable lounge seating with shaded areas, cabanas to hang out and relax in, private restrooms, a dedicated cash bar and access to the exclusive Ohana photo booth” to capture unforgettable weekend memories.

To get the festival underway, on Friday, August 26, comedian Jeff Ross, along with Kelly Slater and Eddie Vedder, will host the Ohana Luau at The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel. The charity gala will feature dinner, cocktails, live entertainment, and a live auction.

The festival gates will open at 1:00pm on both days.

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Laguna Niguel, CA – Fall in love all over again at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. This distinctive beach wedding location sets a new standard in romantic elegance in Southern California and Orange County, with the natural grace and beauty of a coastal retreat. From bridal showers at afternoon tea to martini nights for bachelor parties, we offer the most comprehensive services and venues. As the premier setting for events and beach weddings in the region, we specialize in creating uniquely perfect experiences from start to finish.

No two love stories are the same, which is why weddings at The Ritz-Carlton celebrate each couple’s unique story. Our hotels and resorts offer indoor and outdoor venues in beautiful locations around the world, menus to delight the most discerning palates and experts who understand that planning is simply the first step to bringing your vision to life.  



Attending to every detail. It’s our pleasure.

Choosing to have your wedding at The Ritz-Carlton means knowing that every detail will be carefully considered and perfectly executed. Our simple wedding preparation checklist will help guide every aspect of your big day, from wedding etiquette to honoring cherished family traditions. If it seems like a lot, don't worry – your Wedding Specialist will be with you every step of the way.


  • Provide us with the list of vendors you have already chosen. Be sure to include names and contact information.
  • If you need assistance finding additional vendors, let us know – each property has a list of preferred vendors to share. Many of our properties offer floral design, lighting, decor and other services 
    in-house, which will help streamline your wedding to-do list.  


  • Choose a date and time for your rehearsal and rehearsal event. Typically this is the day before the ceremony.
  • Choose a rehearsal event. Commonly a dinner, the event is an opportunity to entertain family, out-of-town guests and the bridal party before the wedding day.
  • Create a list of wedding guests for both the rehearsal and the event. The rehearsal should include all members of the wedding party, the officiant and the wedding planner. The dinner may include additional family members and friends at the discretion of the bride and groom.


  • Where will the groom be getting ready?
  • When will pictures be taken?
  • Will the bride and groom see each before the wedding?
  • Do you need a holding room for the bridesmaids or groomsmen?


  • Consider the atmosphere you would like to evoke during your ceremony.
  • What type of music would you like? Would you like specific songs performed at key moments?
  • Would you like to offer a unique enhancement to your ceremony, such as a special refreshment for guests, artistic furniture placement to enhance guest socialization, a fireworks display or more? The sky’s the limit!
  • Provide a full list of the entire bridal party in order of entrance. Make sure to include any family members and their escorts.


  • How many guests will you have? What type of seating will you offer for these guests?
  • What type of menu would you like? Would you like tray-passed items, culinary stations, a seated meal, or a combination of these and other options? Will you have a cake?
  • Would you like an open bar? Will you offer a signature drink? Make sure to include non-alcoholic options.
  • Will you have a theme for your reception? How do you want that theme translated into décor?
  • Would you like any special lighting?
  • What type of music or other entertainment would you like? Would you like specific songs performed throughout the event at key moments?
  • Will you set up a gift table? Would you like your gifts stored?
  • How will you distribute table assignment information?
  • Create a full schedule of events, including a timeline for introductions, the first dance, any blessings and toasts, and the cake cutting in your wedding checklist.


  • Would you like to host a post wedding brunch the next day?
  • Will you require any special assistance packing your wedding dress?
  • Have you decided who will be responsible for transporting your gifts home after the wedding?
  • If you are leaving on your honeymoon directly from the hotel, do you need special assistance with travel details?


  • Would you like to have The Ritz-Carlton Honeymoon Concierge contact you for assistance with your honeymoon plans?

Happily ever after begins at The Ritz-Carlton, where our luxury resorts & hotels are found in some of the world’s most romantic destinations.  Private suites, villas, cottages, and casitas provide the perfect hideaway after a day spent relaxing in paradise, connecting with nature, or unwinding at the spa. One-of-a-kind dining experiences provide a true taste of luxury with fresh, local fare. 

Irresistible destinations from The Ritz-Carlton allow you to create an unforgettable honeymoon that you return to simply by closing your eyes.

E.M. Nathanson, ‘The Dirty Dozen’ Author, Dies at 87

Laguna Niguel, CA – The 1967 action-packed war movie based on the novel featured an all-star cast including Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Telly Savalas.

Nathanson died Tuesday of heart failure in Laguna Niguel, Calif., his longtime friend Frank McAdams told The Hollywood Reporter.E.M. Nathanson, who wrote the 1965 war novel The Dirty Dozen that was adapted for the action-packed film starring Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine, has died. He was 87.

Nathanson died Tuesday of heart failure in Laguna Niguel, Calif., his longtime friend Frank McAdams told The Hollywood Reporter.

Nathanson is best known for The Dirty Dozen, the story of 12 convicted servicemen — robbers, murderers, rapists — who are sent off on a suicide mission to blow up a chateau of German generals just before D-Day with the promise that those who survive will have their sentences commuted.

The novel was inspired by the supposedly true story of some World War II criminal soldiers who got the nickname the Dirty Dozen (or Filthy Thirteen, depending on the source) for their refusal to bathe and who were said to have been sent off on a similar mission. Nathanson heard the story from his friend, producer Russ Meyer (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls), who said he learned of the yarn while working as a combat photographer during World War II.

Nathanson got a book contract to tell the story, but even after doing more than two years of research, he was never able to verify the accuracy of Meyer’s tale. So he and his editor decided to fictionalize the story.

The best-selling novel sold more than 2 million copies, was translated into 10 languages and was made into the 1967 film of the same name that was directed by Robert Aldrich and also starred Charles Bronson, newly retired NFL star Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, George Kennedy and Donald Sutherland.

The movie was nominated for four Oscars and ranked No. 65 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 great suspense/thriller movies in American film. 

Nathanson wrote a sequel, A Dirty Distant War, in 1987. It picks up the story of John Reisman, the OSS officer who recruited the Dirty Dozen, three months after the first novel. Here he parachutes into French Indochina (Vietnam) to help local guerrillas against the Japanese.

Nathanson wrote four other novels: 1970's The Latecomers, 1973's It Gave Everybody Something to Do (with Louise Thoresen), 1993's Knight's Cross (with Aaron Bank) and 2003's Lovers and Schemers.

Nathanson was born in 1928 and grew up in Yonkers, N.Y. His parents separated when he was 2, and because his mother suffered from depression, she sent him when he was 7 to the Hebrew National Home, a local orphanage. He stayed at Hebrew National until he graduated high school and remained in touch with the people he befriended there for the rest of his life.

Nathanson majored in anthropology at New York University. His first job as a journalist was for Women’s Wear Daily when he was 17. He also worked for the Washington PostTheArlington SunDaring Detective magazine and as a freelance journalist.

He is survived by his partner Elizabeth Henderson and a son Michael from his marriage to Mary Ann Nathanson.